Hospers Man Arrested On Assault Charge

A Hospers man has been arrested on an assault charge.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that their officers investigated a domestic disturbance on Sunday, March 11 that occurred on 5th Avenue in Hospers. Upon further investigation it is alleged that 32-year-old Mark Bylsma of Hospers, had assaulted a family member.

Bylsma was arrested for Domestic Assault, a serious misdemeanor.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.


Illegal Alien Living In Sanborn Faces Possible Deportation After Traffic Stop

An alleged illegal alien living in Sanborn has been arrested and faces possible deportation following a traffic stop near Melvin.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that in the early morning hours on Monday, (March 12th) an Osceola County Deputy arrested 33-year-old Usmaro Alvarez Diaz of Sanborn on a charge of Failure to Have a Valid Driver’s License; a Simple Misdemeanor.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer on Alvarez Diaz and he is currently being held at the Osceola County Jail. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop northwest of Melvin for a moving violation.


Two MORE Burglaries In Hull

On Sunday, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reported they investigated two reports of residential burglaries in Hull.

Now the Sheriff’s Office reports that they received the report of two additional burglaries in Hull on Monday.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11, unknown person(s) entered garages of two additional residences. Once inside, the perpetrators took personal property of the residents, which included a portable DVD player and several gift cards

If anyone has information about these incidents, they are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. You may remain anonymous.


Sioux Sheriff Continues School Zone Enforcement

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is conducting another part of their school traffic safety enforcement project today.

Deputies are focusing extra enforcement on roads known to have a high amount of school traffic. Deputies will patrol various roads used by students traveling to and from school. They will enforce traffic laws and increase their presence during these busy times.

Over the course of the last several years, the sheriff’s office has concentrated on traffic enforcement in an effort to lower the high number of traffic fatalities and injury accidents throughout Sioux County. This project is a continued effort to keep motorists safe.

The officers plan to conduct school traffic safety focus today on these roads:

*Highway 18 from 270th Street to Rock Valley and from Highway 75 to Sheldon

*K52 from B-30 to 270th Street


Sioux Sheriff Investigating Burglary Reports

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two reports of residential burglaries in Hull.

The information received is that sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11, a person or persons entered both the garage and living quarters of the two residences. Once inside, the perpetrators took personal property of the residents, which included, cash, a computer, cell phone, portable car navigational system and various tools. Both homes were unlocked and the residents were inside sleeping at the time of the burglaries.

If you have any information about these incidents, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. You may remain anonymous.


Orange City Man Sentenced To Five-Year Prison Term For Assault

An Orange City man has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for domestic abuse assault.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister reports that 25-year-old Alan Joel Kooiker of Orange City has been sentenced for the crime of Domestic Abuse Assault, 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony.

On January 31, 2012, at about 2:15 PM, the victim, a 19-year-old Orange City woman, went to the Orange City Police Department and reported that Kooiker had assaulted her by throwing her down on a bed and “choking” her by putting his hands around her neck and squeezing until she could not breathe. The officer further observed injuries around the victim’s neck. The officer went to Kooiker’s residence to interview him, but Kooiker refused to make any statements to the officer.

Kooiker was subsequently arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault – Third Offense.

Kooiker had been previously convicted of assault in 2008 and 2009.

He was sentenced to five years in prison. He must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of one year before he is eligible for parole. He was also ordered to again successfully complete a Batterer’s Education Program.